Friday, February 18, 2011

An Unscientific Survey: The eyes have it, or, rather, have had it....

It was not quite four years ago that I asked here about whether I should switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs at the Curmudgeon home.

Well, I did switch. As incandescent bulbs failed, they were replaced by CFL's. I still have a few left, but they're in fixtures that don't seem to support CFL's -- and there are few of these -- the light over the kitchen sink and a decorative bathroom fixture are the only ones that come to mind right now.

I'm wondering how long I have before I have to replace those fixtures. You don't see incandescent bulbs on the store shelves much anymore, do you?

I miss incandescent lights.

I sit under harsh fluorescent lights here in the Undisclosed Location. My desk lamp, which used to provide a warm, comforting incandescent glow in the midst of the cold fluorescent harshness, has long since been replaced by a CFL, too.

And my eyes hurt.

Granted, I'm four years older, since I began switching to CFL's, and eyestrain should become an increasing issue over time. But an association is forming, in my imagination at least, between incandescent light and my eyes not hurting so much.

So I put the issue to all and sundry who might happen upon this post: Have you noticed any increased eyestrain since switching to fluorescent lighting at home and away? Is there scientific evidence that backs up or refutes the association that I've made between increased eyestrain and constant fluorescent lighting?


Jean-Luc Picard said...

I hate these new bulbs! The room take ages to light up, and they nflicker. We just can't get any proper bulbs now.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

i hate them too. somehow they don't seem bright enough either. buggers.

smiles, bee

dick7517 said...

I have been using them for years. Over here in the Philippines their incandescent lights give off a distinct yellow light so I was happy too switch too CFL's.

Ellee Seymour said...

I really support eco products, but I have poor eyesight and rely on bright lights for reading and have not been able to find one of these new bulbs which is bright enough for me. I'm very unhappy about this situation.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree about CFLs being worse on the eyes. Plus the light is just so stark and unflattering.

Just recently I read an article(can't remember where)warning that CFLs contain mercury. The article said if a CFL breaks - air out the room and wear gloves to pick up the pieces. So are CFLs really that better if they are that dangerous?